Striking Northam workers to learn their fate
More than 2,000 workers will found out if they face disciplinary action after going on a wildcat strike.
JOHANNESBURG - More than 2,000 workers at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine in Limpopo will find out today whether they'll face disciplinary action after refusing to end a wildcat strike over calls for the company's CEO to resign.
Around 4,600 workers downed tools last week, claiming the company is using unfair hiring and firing practices and the CEO is trying to destabilise the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
The company secured a Labour Court interdict declaring the strike unprotected and warned employees to return to their posts.
National Union of Mineworkers spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu is adamant their members have legitimate demands.
"Management is not respecting the policies that they fought hard for. They will continue with the strike. They won't allow management to alter policies whenever they like."